A Brief History: Anaheim Ducks

August 2nd, 2010 by Mike Stainkamp Leave a reply »
For those not up on their cinematic trivia, the Anaheim Ducks are the team that was inspired by the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks. In 1993, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim became an official team in the NHL and called the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim home—these days it's known as the Honda Center.

In the 1993 Entry Draft, the Ducks selected Paul Kariya with the No. 4 pick and he soon became the face of the young franchise. The following year, they selected Steve Rucchin at No. 2 in the Supplemental Draft. Two years after that, they acquired Teemu Selanne, Marc Chouinard and a fourth-round pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and a third-round pick. This deal turned out to be a blockbuster and helped mold the Ducks into the team they are today.

In 1997, the Ducks made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, where they beat the Phoenix Coyotes in seven games in the first round before getting swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

After a disappointing stretch, during which Selanne was traded away to the San Jose Sharks and the team saw a decline in production from Kariya, ...

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